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Why Running Outdoors in Winter Is a Killer Strategy

Winter workouts can actually help boost performance, endurance and speed come spring. Here, the equipment you need to up your mileage as temperatures drop

WHEN THE weather outside is frightful, you might think the last thing you’d want to do is lace up some running sneakers and jog out into the snow and ice. Hopping on the treadmill in your cozy basement seems both saner and more strategic. Not necessarily: As long as you have the proper gear, cold weather runs can actually offer a more intense workout that will help you run faster and longer when warm weather returns.

Traditionally, the biggest obstacle has been fending off frigid temperatures and wind. Though runners once...